Tip: Ikea hack for storage!
I turned my Expedit on its side and gave it a little more height with some bed risers. (I wanted actual legs but didn't want to spend the dollars to buy legs.) These really fit the bill nicely and if I really wanted I could hide them with some stained boards. The black DRONA storage box hides extra shoes. Text books and a jar of pencils as a reminder... Do you have pencils for school? A black basket has extra socks for when there is a mad dash out the door and no time to run upstairs. (You know, for us that is every day! ) In my old house, I had boxes labeled 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 (Each child had a number) in our mudroom and we kept their sock there with their shoes. It is also fun to change the decor with the seasons. I have a mantel but it is so narrow. I find this allows for more freedom in decorating.
Expedit as a Foyer Table